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21 Days | Prayer & Fasting

This month we are joining together as a church to faithfully seek God first and trust in His power to create long lasting impact in our lives, church and world. Beginning February 4th, we will unite together for 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. Follow along with us everyday using the guides and materials below.

Personal Prayer Guide

Week 3

DAY 15 – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH

BLESSING

 

Jabez begins his prayer by asking God for His blessing. We need more of God’s blessing to be better equipped to make a difference for His Kingdom. We need more provision, more spiritual gifting, more wisdom, so that we can bless others with what God has given us. James 4:2-3 tells us, “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” God wants to bless us, but He is often waiting for us to ask with the right heart. We have a big God, and we can be bold in asking for His blessing. As James points out, God sees our heart, and when we ask for blessing with the motivation not only to help ourselves but to help others, this gets His attention.
“Oh, that You would bless me…”

 

1 CHRONICLES 4:10

 

Ask God for His blessing. Recognize your need for His provision, and set your heart toward wanting more than you need so that you can be a blessing to others.

 

PRAYER:

 

“Father God, I pray that You would bless me with more than I need so thatI can bless others.I pray for more provision, that You would equip me to give generously to others and meet their practical needs in Your Name. I ask You to give me greater spiritual gifting so that I can strengthen the church and be more effective for the Kingdom of God. I pray for an abundance of wisdom and discernment so that I can point others to You and make decisions that honor You. Help me keepYour generous blessings in perspective, so that I never become self-serving but stay focused on using what You’ve given me to serve other people.”

DAY 16 – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH

INFLUENCE

 

Next, Jabez asks for more influence. As God’s blessings increase in our lives, we ask for and experience greater opportunity to influence the world around us for Him. God has the power to bless us greatly, and He also has the power to open doors of opportunity for us to make a difference. We want to walk through doors that only He can open, and He responds when we specifically ask Him to give us more influence for His Name.

 

“Enlarge my territory…”

 

1 CHRONICLES 4:10

 

Pray for more influence. Knowing that God can make a way, trust in Him to open doors and lead you on the best path for your life and for His glory.

 

PRAYER:

“God, make me effective in my sphere of influence, and open new doors for me to be able to influence and reach even more people (name any particular areas where you’d like to have more influence). Help me to be a good steward of the responsibility You’ve entrusted to me. I pray for greater territory to impact for Your glory.”

DAY 17 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH

PRESENCE

 

In order to have lasting influence, we need God’s presence in our lives. Through His power at work within us, God can do more than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians3:20). As we ask for blessing and influence, we also need to ask forHis presence as Jabez did so that we are not operating out of our own strength but through the presence and the hand of our AlmightyGod.

 

“Let Your hand be with me…”

1 CHRONICLES 4:10

 

In humility, acknowledge your need for God’s presence. Depend on Him and ask for more of Him in your life today.

 

PRAYER:

“Lord, I know that without You, I am nothing. I cannot do what You’ve called me to do on my own. I am desperate for Your presence in my life. I depend on You completely. I recognize that the same Spirit who raised Christ Jesus from the dead lives in me. Through the power of Your Spirit, I pray that You will help me succeed in the opportunities You’ve given me. Thank You for being with me. I would never want to face today without You.”

DAY 18 – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21st

PROTECTION

 

Finally, Jabez asks the Lord to protect him. If we are influencing the world for Jesus, we must understand the enemy will try to stop us. This leads us to pray that God will not only help us if the enemy attacks, but that He will protect us from the enemy attacking us in the first place. Jesus has already won the victory, so we don’t need to fear destruction. God promises to be with us and protect us, and because He is with us, we have nothing to fear.

 

“Keep me from harm”

1 CHRONICLES 4:10

 

Trust God to protect you. Tell Him specific areas where you feel the need for His protection and ask Him to cover areas that you can’t yet see.

 

PRAYER:

“God, as I walk out the purpose You have for my life, I pray that You will stop any and every attack of the enemy against me. Please protect my body, my mind, and my emotions. Don’t let the enemy get a foothold in my life. I pray, too, that You will protect my family and community from harm. I know that the One who is in me is greater than the one who is in the world, so I have nothing to fear. Thank You for watching over me. I love You and I trustYou.”

DAY 19 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND

ASK THE FATHER TO DRAW THEM TO JESUS

 

God draws people to Him. It’s not something we can make happen out of our own efforts, so we need to be faithful in praying that the Father would draw those He’s placed on our hearts to Jesus.

 

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them…

JOHN 6:44

 

Think about the people you know who are far from God. Let your heart be open to God and any one He may bring to your mind. It may help to write down their names as you focus on praying for them.

 

PRAYER:

“Father, I pray for the people around me (list specific names), that you would supernaturally draw their hearts to you. Send your Holy Spirit to them and give them the desire to give their lives to You. Help them to recognize their longing for more in life as a spiritual thirst only you can quench. Open their ears to hear your voice.”

DAY 20 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23TH

PRAY THAT THEY MAY HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

 

Many people think Christianity is just another religion. They only see God through the lens of the organization and institution of the church. They may even feel frustrated, angry, or betrayed by people in churches they have encountered or by religious legalists and their hypocrisy. But God didn’t come to build an organization. He came to have a relationship with his children.

 

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

ROMANS 8:15

 

God wants His beloved sons and daughters to come home. Praying for people to have personal encounters with the living God makes a huge difference.

 

PRAYER:

“Father, I pray that people will understand how much You love them. Loose the spirit of adoption for the people around me, so that they come into a meaningful relationship with You. Stir in their hearts a longing to come home, to hear Your voice, and to see You welcoming them with open arms. Let them know You are always running to meet them
and hold them close.”

DAY 21 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH

PRAY FOR BELIEVERS TO CROSS THEIR PATHS

 

This is twofold: we can pray for other Christians to influence the people around them positively, and we can also look for opportunities to influence others positively ourselves. God’s plant or each people is worked through those who already know and love Him. Jesus asked us to pray for people to go into the world to be salt and light. He came to bring the good news of the Gospel to all people, and His desire is that everyone would know and love Him.

 

Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

MATTHEW 9:38

 

As his “spiritual farmers,” we should be attuned to opportunities to plant spiritual seeds in the lives of the people we encounter each day. We may have no idea who has already been praying for them and the culminating impact our kind word, compassionate act, or loving attitude can have to draw someone to Christ.

 

PRAYER:

“Father, I pray for the lost around me to meet believers who will influence them in a positive way. Lord, let my life shine in such a way that people want to know the God I serve. Allow others to see my genuine love and concern for them in all that I say and do. Let me be Your hands and feet to serve them and let them know just how much You love them.”

Week 2

DAY 8 – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH

THE OUTER COURT

 

THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE

 

The Israelites entered the Tabernacle with thanksgiving and praise, and we start our prayer time the same way.

 

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.

 

PSALM 100:4

 

Spend some time really thinking about all the blessings in your life for which you’re thankful. You can write down a list, sing your own song of praise, or just spend quiet moments reflecting on your gratitude and praise toward God.

 

PRAYER:

 

“Father God, You are good, and You deserve all my praise and more. Thank You for the many ways You have blessed me and for watching over me (tell Him specific things in your life that you’re grateful for. Thank Him for something new that you’ve never thanked Him for before). I want to experience Your presence and Your love in a fresh way today, Jesus. I thank you that Your mercies are new every day. I thank you for Who You are and all You have done for me.”

DAY 9 – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH

THE BRAZEN ALTAR

 

THE CROSS OF JESUS

In the Old Testament, everyone had to regularly bring animal sacrifices as payment for their sins. Today, we don’t have to do that because Jesus paid for our sins once and for all with His blood on the cross.

 

Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all His benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

PSALM 103:2-5

 

Thank God for the gift of Jesus. Thank Jesus for His sacrifice and love. Let the power of the cross and what it means for your life really settle in your spirit. In addition to expressing your gratitude, claim the power of transformation and healing that the cross of Jesus has in your life.

The cross provides us with five major benefits:

  • Salvation – God forgives all my sin
  • Healing – God heals all my diseases
  • Redemption – God rescues me and restores me
  • Transformation – God changes me into His likeness
  • Blessing – God provides everything I need

 

PRAYER:

“Thank You, God, for making a way for me through Your Son. Jesus, thank You for the sacrifice You made for me on the cross. You saved me, and You set me free. I praise You for being my Healer. You have power overall disease and harm in my life (list specific areas where you need to experience God’s healing power). Thank You for being my Redeemer. You rescue me and give my life purpose. Thank You for transforming my life with Your love, for making me new. I want to grow to be more like You (give Him access to every area of your life). Thank You for blessing me. I know You have good plans for me and all that I have comes from You (thank Him for specific blessings in your life).”

DAY 10 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH

THE LAVER

 

CLEANSING AND PREPARING

The next step in the Tabernacle was a bowl of water where people were reminded of their sinfulness and their need to be cleansed and forgiven by God. Checking our hearts and motives and surrendering our lives to God is an important part of daily prayer.

 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship

ROMANS 12:1 ESV

 

Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we can confess our sins to Him and receive complete forgiveness and a fresh start. In prayer, humbly and sincerely turn away from your sins and allowGod to cleanse and renew you. Then, surrender your life and every part of yourself to Him.

 

PRAYER:

“God, I confess my sins to You and turn away from them (tell God any sin you know is in your life and confess it to Him with a sincere heart. Ask Him to show you any other areas that need His cleansing). Thank You, God, for freely forgiving me. As I turn away from my sin, I turn toward You, and I offer myself to You:


• I give You my tongue, to speak good and not evil
• I give You my eyes, to focus on You and the needs of others
• I give You my ears, to be sensitive to Your voice
• I give You my hands, to do good for others
• I give You my feet, to walk in Your ways and follow Your footsteps
• I give You my mind, to be transformed and used by You

I ask You, Lord, for the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, so that I can grow closer to You and make a difference in the lives of others. I ask for:love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

DAY 11 – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH

THE CANDLESTICK

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The next piece of the Tabernacle was a seven-branched golden candlestick. The fire represents the Holy Spirit and how we are called to be light in the world’s darkness.

 

The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him — the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD.

ISAIAH 11:2

 

When Jesus left the earth, Christians were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. He calls the Holy Spirit our “advocate.” We cannot do what God has called us to do without His supernatural power. It is through the Holy Spirit that God comforts us, guides us, and empowers us.

 

PRAYER:

“Holy Spirit, I ask You to fill me up. I need Your presence in my life, guiding, directing, comforting, and counseling me. I know that You, Holy Spirit, are God, in the Trinity with God the Father and the Son, Jesus. You are the Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might, andKnowledge. Give me a holy fear of the Lord, helping me to be in awe of who God is and what God does. Work in me, Holy Spirit.Teach and transform me (pray through any areas where you feel the need for transformation today).I honor You and ask You to empower me with Your spiritual gifts for the good of the church.”

DAY 12 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

THE TABLE OF SHEWBREAD

 

THE WORD OF GOD

In the Tabernacle, a table with twelve loaves of bread represented the importance of reading God’s Word for daily sustenance.

 

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything
written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

JOSHUA 1:8/strong>

 

God’s Word is an incredible gift and a powerful tool, and it has great relevance and impact in our prayer life.

Here is how you can incorporate God’s Word into your prayer time:

• Take time to read and think about the Word
• Claim God’s many great promises for your life and the world around you
• Ask Him for fresh revelation of His Word
• Ask Him for a Word to help you as you go throughout your day

 

PRAYER:

“Thank You, God, for giving me Your Word. I commit to reading it, and I ask You to reveal Yourself to me through it. I want to know You more. Help me to grow more in love with Your Word and to be more dependent on it. I claim the promises You have for me, and I meditate on the truth of Your Word (pray any Scriptures that are on your heart or that God has given you in your current season). Give me fresh revelation from your Word today and every day!I am hungry to see You more clearly through Your Word.”

DAY 13 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH

THE ALTAR OF INCENSE

 

WORSHIP

A small altar of burning incense stood at the entrance to the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence dwelled. The people of God entered God’s presence as they worshipped His Names. This altar represents worship and the pleasure it gives God when we worship Him.

 

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe

PROVERBS 18:10 NLT

 

Thank God for making His presence available to you. Praise His Names and worship Him personally and specifically for Who He is and how He has moved in your life.

 

PRAYER:

“Thank You, God, for Your presence. I know that You are herewith me. I worship You and You alone. I know God, that You are:

  • My Righteousness – Jeremiah 23:6
  • My Sanctifier – Leviticus 20:7-8
  • My Healer – Exodus 15:26
  • My Provider – Genesis 22:14
  • My Banner of Victory – Exodus 17:15
  • My Peace – Judges 6:24
  • My Shepherd – Psalm 23:1

(As you pray through the different Names of God, focus on a few aspects of who He is that have been especially meaningful in your current season of life.) I know that You are always with me, God, and Your presence is life to me. You give me breath, joy, and purpose. I love you, God.”

DAY 14 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH

THE ARK OF THE COVENANT

 

INTERCESSION

The final place in the Tabernacle was the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence dwelled. There, the priest interceded by praying on behalf of the people of God.In the same way, we intercede on behalf of those around us.

 

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4

 

We can make a difference when we spend time praying for others. Pray for those with whom you interact and connect, including:

  • Those in authority – leaders in church, government, family, and workplace
  • Your family – both immediate and extended family members
  • Your church – pastors, Small Group leaders, members, and missionaries
  • Your community – people in your city, nation, and world
  • Your relationships – friends, co-workers, acquaintances

 

PRAYER:

“Thank You, God, for creating a way through Jesus for me to have Your presence wherever I go. I want to specifically ask You to watch over those in authority over me – my spiritual leaders, the leaders of our government, the leaders in my family, and my employers (pray for these people by name). I ask that You give them wisdom and grace, watch over and protect them, help them to know and love You more. I ask You, God, to be present with my family. Bless them and keep them from harm (pray for any specific needs in your family right now). For those in my family who don’t know You, I ask that You meet them where they are and guide their hearts toward You.

 

I ask You to watch over my church, God. Give my pastor wisdom and vision, bless the Small Groups and everyone who steps foot into our buildings. I pray that You will bring the lost into our church, and that they will have a positive experience and come to know You. Keep our vision rooted in who You are and moving toward Your goals.

 

I ask You to watch over my city, my nation, and our world. Bring peace and help us all take steps toward You (name areas where you feel a burden for your city, nation, and the world). I pray for anyone who comes across my path to see Your light in me. I lift up my friends, neighbors, and coworkers. I thank You for them and pray for Your blessing over them (pray for any specific needs of others).

 

Lastly God, I ask You to provide for my needs. I know that You sustain me, and that You care for me. I lift up my physical, emotional, and spiritual needs to You (share the needs on your mind right now). I lay my cares at Your feet. Thank You for loving me, choosing me, and calling me Yours. Amen.”

Week 1

DAY 1 – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH

CONNECT WITH GOD RELATIONALLY

 

“Our Father in Heaven”

 

God isn’t interested in us practicing religion; instead, He desires a relationship with us. God has adopted us as His children and loves for us to call Him our Father. Starting our prayer time acknowledging our relationship with God is powerful for us and delights Him as well.

 

You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.”

 

ROMANS 8:15 NLT

 

Proclaim your intimate relationship with God, addressing Him lovingly as your Father and thanking Him that you are His child.

 

PRAYER:

 

“Father, I come to You in prayer today thankful that I am Your child. I know I am a sinner, but You have forgiven me and adopted me as Your own, and I am so grateful to call you my Father. Thank you for loving me. I love you.”

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH

WORSHIP HIS NAME

 

“Hallowed Be Your Name”

God loves when we worship Him, and there is power in His Name. Here is a list of some of His Names to help us worship Him specifically and personally:

 

  • God is Righteousness – He makes us clean
  • God is Sanctifier – He has called us and set us apart
  • God is Healer – He heals all our diseases
  • God is Banner of Victory – He defeated our enemies God is Shepherd – He speaks to us
  • and leads us God is Peace – He is our peace in every storm
  • God is Provider – He supplies all of our needs

 

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

 

PROVERBS 18:10 ESV

Speak God’s Names out loud. When we proclaim who He is, we not only worship Him, but we also remind ourselves how powerful and great our God is.

 

PRAYER:

“God, I am in awe of You. Your Name is a strong tower, a place of protection and safety for me. I praise You as my Healer, my Shepherd, and my Banner of Victory. You are my Peace, my Provider, my Righteousness, and my Sanctifier. Your Name is great, and I worship You.”

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH

PRAY HIS AGENDA FIRST

 

“Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”

Part of being a child of God is caring about what He cares about. We know His will is perfect, and we acknowledge His wisdom and sovereignty when we pray His agenda first.

 

He will always give you all you need from day to day if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

LUKE 12:31 TLB

 

Spend time focusing on what God is focused on. His priorities include:

  • Saving the lost
  • Wisdom and guidance for those in authority – parental, spiritual, governmental, work-related
  • Accomplishing His purpose in our lives

 

PRAYER:

“God, I recognize there is no better plan on earth than Yours, and I pray for Your will to be done in my life (name the areas of your life where you need more of God’s presence today) and in our world. This world is lost and needs You desperately, and I pray for every person to know You as their personal Lord and Savior. I pray for the leaders in my life (pray specifically over parents, spiritual leaders, government leaders, employers, and any other leaders in your life), that you would give them supernatural wisdom and discernment as they lead. Give them a revelation of Your will and Your purpose for them. And I give my life to You again today; have Your way in my life! Anything You want to do in me or through me, I will do. I ask today for wisdom and clarity as you show me my next steps.”

DAY 4 – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH

DEPEND ON HIM FOR EVERYTHING

 

“Give us this day our daily bread”

God promises to supply all our needs, and He wants us to come to Him with our problems, needs, and desires
and to trust Him to provide.

 

I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!

PSALM 121:1-2 NLT

 

Ask God for what you need today. It may help to write down the concerns weighing on your mind or the desires of your heart. You can bring them to God and trust Him enough to hand them over to Him fully. It may help to open your hands before God to physically show your surrender to Him. Problems can either be ours or God’s; they can’t be both.

 

PRAYER:

“Father, I acknowledge that everything I need today will come from You. You made the heavens and the earth; You are more than capable of handling any situation I’m dealing with, so I give it to You completely (specifically talk to God about what is on your mind and heart right now and give it to Him). I look to you to help me, sustain me, and give me Your peace. Remind me of Your hope and power today. Thank You in advance for taking care of my needs.”

DAY 5 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH

FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN

 

“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”

God has offered us complete forgiveness, and we can receive it at any time. When we turn away from our sins and receive His forgiveness, our hearts are more prepared to forgive others as well.

 

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 JOHN 1:9

 

Ask God to check your heart and life and show you areas where you might need to ask for forgiveness from
Him. Then, it is your turn to forgive those who have offended you. We can even choose to forgive people in
advance. Ask God to forgive you and to help you forgive others.

 

PRAYER:

“God, thank You so much for offering me the gift of forgiveness. Show me any areas in my life that I need to bring before You in order to receive forgiveness and healing. I confess that I have been struggling with sin (talk to God about any areas of sin in your life), and I know that You want me to be clean again. Please forgive me for my sin. Thank You for showing me unfailing grace. As You have so freely forgiven me, I also want to freely forgive others. Please help me let go of all of my offenses. I release to You those who have hurt me, and I trust You to handle those situations according to Your perfect will.”

DAY 6 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH

ENGAGE IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE

 

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”

Spiritual warfare can seem difficult to understand, but the Bible makes it very clear that we have an enemy who is trying to steal from us, kill us, and destroy us. As we pray, we take our stand against the enemy and fight from a place of victory through Jesus as we’re empowered by His Holy Spirit. There is power in God’s Word, and every lie the enemy has told us can be replaced with God’s truth.

 

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

EPHESIANS 6:12

 

By recognizing that the enemy wants to destroy you, you can shed light on his lies and claim God’s truth over your life. Ask God to show you any lies you’re believing or areas of warfare happening in your life. Ask Him to expose the enemy and to help you understand and receive His truth. Simply speaking the Name of Jesus has great power in the spiritual realm. The Bible tells us in James 4:7 that if we resist the devil, he will
flee from us. Through prayer, we can resist him and walk forward in freedom.

 

PRAYER:

“God, I recognize that my struggles today aren’t against the people or circumstances around me, but against the enemy. Please help me to see how the enemy is lying to me. Help me to recognize his lies, take them captive, and make all of my thoughts obedient to the truth of Your Word (list out any specific areas God shows you where you have believed a lie that needs to be replaced with His truth). While the enemy wants to destroy me, I know that You came to give me life to the fullest. I speak the name of Jesus over my life and declare that no weapon formed against me will prosper. I don’t have to fear the enemy because the One who is in me is greater than the one who is in the world.”

DAY 7 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH

EXPRESS FAITH IN GOD’S ABILITY

 

“For yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”

God is more than able to move in every situation, and ending our prayer time claiming His authority and power focuses our minds on the truth and hope of who He is and what He can do.

 

Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You.

JEREMIAH 32:17

 

Remind yourself of God’s limitless power and then return to praising Him and declaring your faith in Him:

  • “Yours is the Kingdom” – all authority belongs to You
  • “Yours is the Power” – all mightiness flows from You
  • “Yours is the Glory” – Your victory will be complete

 

PRAYER:

“Father God, nothing is too hard for You! Through Your great power, all things are possible. All authority is Yours, all might is Yours, and I know that Your victory will be complete. You are amazing, and I worship You. I praise You for Your power and presence in my life. You are my God, and You are worthy of all praise.”

Why Is Prayer Important?

Sometimes it seems there are times when God is trying to get our attention. What if God is trying to get your attention? What if God is calling your name? What if God is trying to help you take a turn in life right now? In this 21 days of prayer and fasting, it is not only possible but probable that God will speak into your life and use this as a turning point. In every situation, whether good or bad, we try to pray before we act. Many times people act first and then want God to bail them out of that situation, but prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.

 

Understanding the necessity of prayer is not enough. In order for it to become a part of our life, it needs to become something we look forward to doing. We’re convinced most people don’t enjoy prayer because they have never been taught how to pray. That’s where this simple prayer guide can help. Using several prayer models out of the Bible and having some guides to make prayer more personal, this booklet is designed to bring joy into your time with God.

Following this guide, you will also find a 21-day personal prayer outline. When you discover the beauty of daily conversation with Him, you’ll experience the presence of God that will change your life.

Once you learn how to pray, prayer can become a part of everyday life. And then …

 

  • Before the day begins—
  • Before you go to bed—
  • Before you go to work or school—
  • Before you send that text—
  • Before you eat, drive or travel—
  • When bad things happen—
  • Before bad things happen—
  • In every situation—PRAY FIRST!

 

Prayer changes everything!

Lifestyle Prayer

How do we make prayer a part of our everyday life? We can learn from three things that Jesus did…

 

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

 

 

A CERTAIN TIME

Jesus got up very early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. In order for prayer to work, we should do the same. Make a daily appointment with God and keep it.

 

 

A CERTAIN PLACE

Jesus had a prayer place. Your prayer place needs to be an undistracted environment where you can pray out loud and perhaps have some worship music playing in the background.

 

 

A CERTAIN PLAN

Go into your prayer time with a plan. If it changes that’s fine. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave His disciples a prayer outline. We call it the Lord’s Prayer. This outline along with several other tools are available in this booklet.

The Lord's Prayer

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1

 

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” Matthew 6:9-13

 

“Our Father in heaven…”

 

1. CONNECT WITH GOD RELATIONALLY

You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father”. Romans 8:15

God loves for us to call Him our Father. Establish your intimate relationship with Him and thank Him for the relationship you have with Him.

 

“…Hallowed be Your Name…”

2. WORSHIP HIS NAME

God’s name is a place of protection—the righteous can run there and be safe. Proverbs 18:10

 

What are His Names?

  • Righteousness – He makes me clean.
  • Sanctifier – He has called me and set me apart.
  • Healer – He heals all my diseases.
  • Banner of Victory – He has defeated my enemy.
  • Shepherd – He speaks to me and leads me.
  • Peace – He is my peace in every storm.
  • Provider – He supplies all of my needs.

 

 

“…Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”

3. PRAY HIS AGENDA FIRST

He will always give you all you need from day to day if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. Luke 12:31

 

God’s priorities:

  • Saving the Lost.
  • Guiding those in authority – parental, spiritual, governmental, workplace.
  • His will in us.

 

 

“…Give us this day our daily bread…”

4. DEPEND ON HIM FOR EVERYTHING

I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! Psalm 121:1-2

 

Ask God for what you want and need and then trust Him for the answer.

 

 

“…Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors…”

5. GET YOUR HEART RIGHT WITH GOD AND PEOPLE

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

Ask God to check your heart and motives. Receive His forgiveness for any area that He brings to mind.

Forgive anyone who has offended you in any way. You can even forgive people in advance.

 

 

“…And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”

6. ENGAGE IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

 

Take your stand against the enemy and fight the good fight of faith. Every lie that the enemy has told you should be replaced with the truth of God’s Word.

 

 

“…For yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever.”

7. EXPRESS FAITH IN GOD’S ABILITY

“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17

 

End your prayer time by reminding yourself of God’s ability. Return to praise and make your faith declarations.

  • “Yours is the Kingdom” – all rule belongs to You.
  • “Yours is the Power” – all mightiness flows from You.
  • “Yours is the Glory” – Your victory shall be complete.
Tabernacle Prayer

The Tabernacle was the dwelling place of God where He met His people. As they entered the Tabernacle, they passed through seven stations as a protocol to God’s presence. Today, these same steps can help us to connect with God and lead us through important elements of prayer.

 

 

1. THE OUTER COURT – THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

As the people of God entered the Tabernacle, they came in with thanksgiving on their lips. Thanking God for all the blessings in your life is a great way to begin. Every day, think of a fresh reason why you love and appreciate God.

 

 

2. THE BRAZEN ALTAR – THE CROSS OF JESUS

Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:2-5

In the Old Testament, everyone who had committed sin had to bring animal sacrifices. Jesus paid for all your sins once and for all. You simply need to receive the benefits of what Jesus did for you.

 

  • Salvation – God forgives all my sin. Healing – God heals all my diseases.
  • Redemption – God rescues me from every attack. Transformation – God puts His love in me.
  • Provision – God provides everything I need.

 

 

3. THE LAVER – CLEANSING AND PREPARING

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1

 

The next step in the Tabernacle was a bowl of water where people could wash. Checking your hearts and motives and then surrendering your life to God is an important part of daily prayer. Here are some ways to keep your heart right with God.

  • Repent from any known sin. Offer your body to God.
  • Your tongue – to speak good and not evil.
  • Your eyes – to see God and the needs of others.
  • Your ears – to be sensitive to His voice.
  • Your hands – to do good to others.
  • Your feet – to walk in God’s ways.
  • Offer your mind to God (Philippians 4:8; Romans 12:2).
  • Ask God to give you the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

 

 

4. THE CANDLESTICK – THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:2

 

The next piece of furniture in the Tabernacle was a seven- branched golden candlestick. The fire represents the Holy Spirit. Every day you should invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into your life.

 

  • The Spirit of the Lord.
  • The Spirit of Wisdom.
  • The Spirit of Understanding.
  • The Spirit of Counsel.
  • The Spirit of Might.
  • The Spirit of Knowledge. The Fear of the Lord.

You should also ask God to give you spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10).

 

 

5. THE TABLE OF SHEWBREAD – THE WORD OF GOD

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8

 

A table with twelve loaves of bread represents the importance of reading God’s Word for daily sustenance. With this in mind, here are ways to nourish your soul:

 

  • Read God’s Word.
  • Claim His many great promises.
  • Ask for fresh revelation of the Word.
  • Take time to read and meditate on the Word.
  • Get a Word for the day.

 

 

6. THE ALTAR OF INCENSE – WORSHIP

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

A small altar of burning incense stood at the entrance to the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence dwelt. This altar represents worship. The people of God literally entered God’s presence worshipping the Names of God, including:

 

  • God is My Righteousness – Jeremiah 23:6 God is My Sanctifier – Leviticus 20:7-8
  • God is My Healer – Exodus 15:26
  • God is My Provider – Genesis 2:14
  • God is My Banner of Victory – Exodus 17:15 God is My Peace – Judges 6:24
  • God is My Shepherd – Psalm 23:1 God is Always There – Ezekiel 48:35

 

 

7. THE ARK OF THE COVENANT – INTERCESSION

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

The final place in the Tabernacle was the place where God’s presence dwelt. It was there that the priest interceded on behalf of the people. In the New Testament, you and I are all called priests and instructed to intercede for others.

 

  • Those in authority – spiritual, civil, family, and workplace.
  • My family.
  • My church – pastor, small group, members, and vision/mission.
  • My city, nation, and world.
  • My needs.
Warfare Prayers

Prayer is not only communion with God; it is confrontation with the enemy. These prayers are very helpful in spiritual   warfare.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Ephesians 6:11-18

THE ARMOR OF GOD PRAYER

(based on Ephesians 6:13-17)

“Thank You, Lord, for my salvation. I receive it in a new and   fresh way from You and I declare that nothing can separate me from the love of Christ and the place I have in Your kingdom. I wear Your righteousness today against all condemnation and corruption. Cover me with Your holiness and purity—defend me from all assaults against my heart. Lord, I put on the belt of truth. I choose a lifestyle of honesty and integrity. Expose the lies I have believed, and show me the truths I need today. I choose to live for the Gospel in every moment. Show me where You are working and lead me to it. Give me strength to walk daily with You. I believe that You are powerful against every lie and assault of the enemy. You have good in store for me. Nothing is coming today

that can overcome me because You are with me. Holy Spirit, show

me the truths of the Word of God that I will need to counter the traps of the enemy. Bring those Scriptures to mind today. Finally, Holy Spirit, I agree to walk in step with You in everything as my spirit communes with You in prayer throughout the day.”

THE WEAPONS OF WARFARE PRAYER

(based on 2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

“Father, Your Word says that no weapon formed against me shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Therefore I declare that no weapon formed against me prospers this day or any day to come in Jesus’ name. Your Word says that trouble will not arise a second time (Nahum 1:9). Therefore I declare that Satan cannot make trouble for me again, in this manner, as he did in the past in Jesus’ name. I declare all of these prayers accomplished and brought to pass by trusting you through faith and expectation in the name of Jesus.

Lord Jesus, I confess to You all of my sins this day, yesterday and every day past. I repent and renounce them, those known and unknown, those of omission and commission, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do. I lay down at Your   feet

all of the sins of the flesh, the tongue, and of the heart, and all unholy thoughts and actions. Thank You, Lord, for shedding Your precious blood for me.

I stand on Your Word. The enemy is driven out from before me, above me, around me, and below me; from my home, workplace, church and its ministries, children, and loved ones; from my works and labors, land, and my presence. I declare that he is not able to stand against me, and his works are taken captive and destroyed. No weapon formed against me will prosper, for the Spirit of the Lord shall raise a standard against them. I declare    all of these things accomplished by Your Word. Jesus, my Lord, I give You thanksgiving, praise, glory, honor and worship for Your righteousness and holiness given to me by Your Word on my behalf.”

PROTECTION PRAYER

(based on 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, 10:3-5; Romans 12:1-2)

“Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before You. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection.  I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to You. I submit myself only to the true and living God   and refuse any involvement of the enemy in my life. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. I pull down every thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ. I pray and thank you for a sound mind, the mind of Christ.

Today and every day I ask for protection over my spouse; each   of my children; our immediate family members, relatives, friends, acquaintances and myself. I also ask today for protection during all of our travels; for our provision, finances, possessions, health, safety, and welfare. I put all of these things under the covering of Your precious blood and declare that Satan cannot touch them, on this day or any day to come.”

GENERAL CONFESSION PRAYER

(based on Romans 10:10; James 5:16; I John 1:7-9, 3:8)

“Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God. You are the Messiah, come in the flesh to destroy the works of the devil. You died on the cross for my sins and rose again the third day from the dead. I now confess all my sins and repent. I receive your forgiveness and ask you to cleanse me from all sin. Thank You for redeeming me, cleansing me, justifying me, and sanctifying me in Your blood.”

FORGIVENESS PRAYER

(based on Matthew 6:14-15; Leviticus 19:18)

“Lord, I have a confession to make. I have not loved, but have resented certain people and have unforgiveness in my heart. I call upon You, Lord, to help me forgive them. I do now forgive (name them). I also forgive and accept myself in the name of Jesus Christ.”

PRIDE PRAYER

(based on Proverbs 11:2, 16:18, 26:12; 1 Timothy 3:6)

“Father, I come to You in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know pride is an abomination to You. I renounce anything that would cause me to have pride in my heart in dealing with other people. I renounce these and turn away from them. I humble myself before You and come to You as a little child.“

Study Proverbs 6:16-19 and remember that fasting is a means by which a person humbles himself before the Lord.

GENERATIONAL BONDAGE PRAYER

(based on Exodus 20:4-6, 34:7; Numbers 14:18)

“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I now renounce, break, and loose myself from all bondages or bonds of physical or mental illness upon me, my family or family line as the result of parents or any other ancestors. I thank You, Lord, for setting me free.”

Personal Prayer Targets

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to   a knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:1-4

 

Pray for those in authority and those under your authority.

 

MY GOVERNMENT:

  • President
  • National leaders 
  • State leaders
  • City leaders 

 

MY FAMILY:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Extended Family

 

MY CHURCH:

  • Pastors
  • Life Group Leaders
  • Life Group Members

MY LIFE:

  • Employer
  • Co-workers
  • Employees
  • Teachers/Professors

 

THOSE I INFLUENCE:

  • Close friends

 

THOSE WHO NEED GOD:

MY NEEDS:

Fasting Guide

What does the bible teach about fasting?

Biblical fasting involves abstaining from eating (and/or drinking) for spiritual purposes.

In the Old Testament, Israel celebrated certain annual fasts, the most prominent being the Day of Atonement. There were also occasional fasts tied to specific historical events, sometimes individual and sometimes corporate. Here are a few of the occasions for fasting: at a time of grief (I Sam. 31:13; Nehemiah 1:4), at a time of repentance (I Sam 7:6; I Kings 21:27), as an expression of humility (Ezra 8:21; Psalm 69:10), and as an expression of a need for God’s guidance and help. What all of these fasts share in common is that they were an expression of dependence on God.

Several New Testament passages give us insight about fasting.

Fasting teaches us that God’s Word nourishes us: Matthew 4:1-4 records the only example of Jesus fasting, just prior to His being tempted in the wilderness. He faced temptation with these words, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 8:3-5 which talks about the 40 years Israel spent in the wilderness, depending daily on manna to sustain them. He says that God humbled them and let them be hungry in order to teach them to depend on God’s Word to sustain them. By His example of fasting, Jesus reminds us that food alone can’t sustain us. We need to be nourished by God’s Word.

Fasting teaches us that doing God’s will sustains us: John 4:31-35 records Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. When the disciples return, they encourage Jesus to eat. He responds by saying, “I have food to eat that you know not of.” Then He adds, “My food is to do the will of the Father.” Again, Jesus reminds us that food alone is not enough. We are sustained by doing God’s will.

Fasting teaches us that Jesus Himself sustains us: In John 6:48-50 Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.” We see this pictured symbolically in the bread and the cup of the Lord’s supper. Jesus is the source of eternal life. Fasting is feasting on Jesus.

Jesus assumed that fasting would be a part of His disciple’s spiritual life. In Matthew 6:16-18, He says, “when you fast,” not “if you fast.” He warns us not to fast to impress people, but to be near to the heart of God.

What is the purpose of fasting?

Fasting is designed to intensify our dependence on God by weakening our dependence on food and other things. How does it do that?

Fasting reveals and heals our dependence on food (and other things) to fill the discomfort caused by low self-esteem, unfulfilling work, unloving relationships, uncontrollable circumstances, etc. It removes the false peace derived from the pleasure of eating.

Richard Foster says, “More than any other discipline, fasting reveals the things that control us. This is a wonderful benefit to the true disciple who longs to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. We cover up what is inside us with food and other good things, but in fasting these things surface. If pride controls us, it will be revealed almost immediately. David writes, “I humbled my soul with fasting” (Psalm 69:10). Anger, bitterness, jealousy, strife, fear—if they are within us, they will surface during fasting.”

Fasting teaches us that we can go without getting what we want and survive. Fasting can free us from having to have what we want. Therefore, fasting can teach moderation or self-control, not only in relation to food, but in other areas as well. It teaches contentment. (I Timothy 6:6)

Fasting expresses and deepens our hunger for God. Richard Foster says, “Fasting reminds us that we are sustained “by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God:” (Matt. 4:4). Food does not sustain us; God sustains us. In Christ, “All things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). Therefore, in experiences of fasting, we are abstaining from food or other activities and feasting on God’s Word.

Fasting must always, first and foremost, center on God. It must be about Him.

How to get started on your fast

Step 1: Clarify the purpose of your fast.

Why are you fasting? Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify His leading and objectives for your prayer fast. This will enable you to pray more specifically and strategically. Fasting is God-led and God-initiated. That means that He fuels a desire to fast and pray. He loves it when we fast.

Step 2: Specify the kind of fast you will do.

Pray about the kind of fast you should undertake. Jesus implied that all of His followers should fast. (Matthew 6:16-18; 9:14,15) For Him it was a matter of when believers would fast, not if they would do it. Before you fast, decide the following up front:

  • How long you will fast – one meal, one day, one week, several weeks, certain days (beginners should start slowly, building up to longer fasts)
  • The type of fast God wants you to undertake – discussed in the Types of Fasts section below.
  • What physical or social activities you will restrict.
  • How much time each day you will devote to prayer and God’s Word making these commitments ahead of time will help you sustain your fast when physical temptations and life’s pressures tempt you to abandon it. Step 3: Prepare your heart, mind, and body for fasting. Fasting is not a spur-of-the-moment thing. It is planned. We must prepare. The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Unconfessed sin can hinder your prayers. There are several things you can do to prepare your heart.
  • Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic ailment. Some people should never fast without professional supervision.
  • Do not rush into your fast. Prepare your body. Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high fat and sugary foods. Eating raw fruit and vegetables prior to your fast is helpful. Physical preparation makes the drastic change in your eating routine a little easier so that you can turn your full attention to the Lord in prayer.
  • Prepare your heart and mind: Remember that God is your Father and He loves you and is for you.
  • Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and accept God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3,4). Make restitution as the Holy Spirit leads you.
  • Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ (Romans 12:1, 2). Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, compassion, and others. (Psalm 48:9,10; 103:1-8, 11-13)
  • Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart. (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit. (Galatians 5:16,17)

Finally, and of deep importance, Jesus instructs us in Matthew to not let others know about your fasting. The strict details of your fast should not be something you constantly talk about to others. It should remain between you and God.

Types of fasts

Now that we have explored the Old and New Testament teaching and instruction on fasting, we can proceed to discuss specific kinds of fasts. Let us begin with the helpful words of Richard Foster in his classic, Celebration of Discipline: “As with all the Disciplines, a progression should be observed; it is wise to learn to walk well before we try to run.” Biblical fasting almost always concerns food. Since the purpose of fasting, as we saw above, is to focus on God, to humble ourselves and to remind ourselves that we are sustained by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, then the task in fasting is connecting our “going without” to “hungering for God.” This takes time, focus and prayer in itself. Please do not expect to be an “expert” at fasting right away. Fasting is a discipline that can take a very long time to understand well. Also, do not let this fact deter you or intimidate you. Fasting is not unlike a beautifully written masterpiece of literature. It is simple enough for a youth to understand and enjoy, and yet magnificently rich enough for the scholar to devote his/her entire life to.

 

Abstaining from certain types of foods or a Selective Fast.

Daniel 10:3 This type is a good one for beginners to fasting or those with health needs and special or restrictive diets. Choose to abstain from something like breads, sweets, sodas, coffee, or even red meat. Perhaps spend some time reading through Daniel’s fast in Daniel chapter 1 and chapter 10. Stick to only fruits and vegetables like he did or something similar. Determine the timing and duration of your fast and begin. You may choose to go without this specific type of food on only certain days like Fridays, or you may go without during the weekdays only or perhaps every day. Finally, choose the duration of your fast. This fast is 21 days (January 8 – 28) but that does not mean you must go without for all of the 21 days.

Determine the timing and duration ahead of time and stick to it. Rather, pray through it.

Abstaining from food during certain times of the day or a Partial Fast.

This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlated to specific times of the day, such as 6:00am to 3:00pm, or from sunup to sundown.

Abstaining from all food or a Complete Fast.

Esther 4:16; Acts 9:9

This kind of fast is more difficult. but can be broken up by timing and duration. However, we don’t recommend this type of fasting if it is your first time. This seems to be the most prevalent of the fasts we see in the Bible. It is also the most intimidating, but refuse to let it scare you. Fasting from all food is not scary if you determine beforehand when you will do so and for how long. Here are some ideas.

  • Start slowly. Begin with fasting for only a part of a day (lunch, or lunch and dinner). Do this for one day a week, or perhaps three days a week. You determine the timing and duration. Take a step of faith. Fasting is risky and involves our faith.
  • Next, try fasting from food but not beverages. This means that according to your timing and duration, you would not eat any solid foods but only water, juices, smoothies, or perhaps simple soup broths.
  • Do this for the first one or two weeks. Devote the time that you normally would eat to Scripture reading and prayer. Focus on Jesus’ statements about food.
  • Next, try a 24-hour fast. This means that you get up and eat a good breakfast and drink only water or juice until the following breakfast the next day. Set aside specific time, during normal meal times if possible, to pray and seek God.
  • Finally, you may progress to a two or three day fast. For some, progression may lead to a multi-day, even multi-week fast. But remember the purpose of your fast.

Abstaining from certain activities that can be distracting or a Soul Fast.

Daniel 6:18 The king’s voluntary “fasting” from entertainment in the time of Daniel helps us further understand yet another type of fast. This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food,  have a health condition, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. Fasting from things like entertainment can be particularly helpful and accessible to kids and teens. Think of abstaining from television, social media, ipods/ipads, video games, all reading except the Bible, music, texting, etc. for the duration of your fast. This can be a very powerful decision even as a supplement to food fasts.

Choosing your fasting plan is a very personal decision. We are all at different places in our walk with God and our spirituality should never be a cause for comparison or competition. There is nothing more “inherently spiritual” about one type of fast as opposed to another. Your personal fast should present a level of challenge to it, but know your body, know your options, and most importantly, seek God in prayer about this and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. It’s also important to not let what you eat or do not eat become the focus of your fast. This is a time to disconnect enough with your regular patterns and habits in order to connect more closely to God. If you do not choose to fast, or no matter what kind of fast you choose, seek God with us in prayer.